Alumni Association hosts autograph sessions with Kush-era football players

October 27, 2011

ASU football fans will be able to celebrate the university’s excellence on the gridiron on Oct. 29, when Sun Devil alumni players who played during the Coach Frank Kush era will appear in the 2011 Homecoming Parade and participate in autograph sessions in front of Old Main during the pre-game Homecoming Block Party.

Nearly 200 players who played for Kush, who coached at ASU from 1958 to 1979, will be returning to the Tempe campus from around the country to pay tribute to the legendary coach and to celebrate great moments in ASU football. The players also will participate in the Oct. 28 Legends Luncheon, which is dedicated this year to honoring the Kush football era. Download Full Image

During the Homecoming Block Party, there will be four autograph sessions, each lasting 30 minutes. Players will be grouped by the eras in which they played at ASU (see below for schedule and players expected to attend). The first session will begin at the start of the Block Party at 12:30 p.m., and the final session will conclude at 2:30 p.m. Kick-off for the Homecoming game, which pits ASU against the University of Colorado Buffaloes, is slated for 3:30 p.m.
Sun Devil Campus Stores will have tents set up next to the autograph session area for fans wishing to purchase merchandise to be signed by the players. Fans also may bring items of their own for the players to sign; the Alumni Association encourages a limit of one item per person.


Session 1, 12:30-1 p.m.: 1970-1974

Players and Coaches expected to attend:  Junior Ah You, Clifton Alapa, James Baker, Deke Ballard, Wayne Bradley, James Brady, Bob Carter, Michael Clupper, Randall Collett, Glenn Crawford, Juan “Paco”  Cruz, Roger Davis, Oscar Dragon, Donald Ekstrand, Alonzo Emery, George Endres, Paul Ervin, Edwin Fisher, David Grannell, Stephen Gunther, Stephen Hale, Windlan Hall, James Heilig, J.D. Hill, Tim Hoban, Charley Hobbs, Stephen Holden, Greg Hudson, Grady Hurst,  Rick Hunsaker, Sam Johnson, Ed Kindig, Dan Kush, Ron Lou, Ron Lumpkin, Benny Malone, Steve Matlock, Brent McClanahan, Prentice McCray, Charles Moore, Sal Olivo, David Orzell, Morris Owens, Joe Petty, Mark Radovich, Bob Raths,  Bruce Sedlak, Kory Schuknecht, Larry Shorty, Neal Skarin, Gerald Slemmer, Harold Slemmer, Joe Spagnola, Bob Speicher, Alexander Stencel, Richard Tate, Michael Tomco, Gary Tolmachoff, Danny White,  John Vandevier, Kevin Woudenberg. Coaches: David Arslanian, Al Tanara.

Session 2, 1-1:30 p.m.: 1975-1979

Players and Coaches expected to attend:  David Adrian, Kim Anderson, Pris Avalos,  David Barthel, Tim Baumgarten, Jerry Bell, Gregory Blakes, Bob Breunig, Darren Comeaux, James Denton, Norman Ehasz, Charles Epperson, Brian Felix Darrell Gill, Buzz Grider, Al Harris, John Harris, Mike Haynes, Steven Hicks, John Jefferson, Bubba Jones, Colonial Jones, Dan Jones, Randal Kaufman, Bob Kohrs, Dan Kush, Arthur Lane, Chris Lorenzen, Andre McGant, John Michel, John Mistler, Fred Mortensen, Gary Padjen, Joe Peters Robert Pfister, Stan Robinson, Willie Scroggins, Mike Seivert, Dan Smith, Dennis Sproul, Gary Padjen, Marcus Watts, Fred Williams, Raye Williams, Gary Winchester. Coaches: Larry Kentera, Craig Millbranth.

Session 3, 1:30-2 p.m.: 1965-1969

Players expected to attend: Max Anderson, Michael Chowaniec, Kenneth Coyle, Curley Culp, Jerry Daniels, Tom Delnoce, Daniel Dunn, Mike Fanucci, Dennis Farrell, Nick Ferrara, Dan Forey, Ed Gallardo, Richard Griffin, Ben Hawkins, Fair Hooker, Jim Kane, Jim Kelley, Michael Kennedy, Richard Mann, Bill Marsh, Jim McCann, Mike Messenger, Ted Olivo, Jonathan Perry, Wes Plummer, Paul Powell, Ron Pritchard, Bob Rokita, Ed Roseborough, John Ruffner, Herm Serignese, Jim Shaughnessy, Raymond Shirey, Rich Sica, Steve Timarac, Gary Venturo.

Session 4, 2-2:30 p.m.: 1958-1964

Players and Coaches expected to attend:  Rockne Anderson, John Avianantos,  James Bramlet, Butch Brest, Leon Burton, Ron Cosner, Richard Davis, Gino Dellalibera, Raul Disarafino, Ron Erhardt, Lawrence Facchine, Steve Fedorchak, Dale Keller, John Folmer, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Goodman, Herman Harrison, Ben Hawkins, Alonzo Hill, Darrell Hoover, Dale Keller, Kenneth Kerr, Karl Kiefer, Charles Kolb, Chuck Krofchik, Michael Krofchick, Joe Kush, John McFalls, Robert Minitti, Bobby Mulgado, Richard Napolitano, Robert Noel, Larry Laughlin, Joseph Parham, Ray Prokopchak, Lawrence Reaves, Robert Rembert, Fred Rhoades, Leland Rice Desi Sanchez, John Seedborg, Gerald Szostak, Steve Turkovich, Paul Widmer, Robert Widmer. Coaches: Joe McDonald.

The Homecoming Block Party and the autograph sessions hosted by the Alumni Association are free and open to the public. For information on other Homecoming-related activities, visit

Costumes vs. culture: Demystifying the bewitching season

October 27, 2011

“It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!” exclaimed Winifred Sanderson in the fittingly titled movie “Hocus Pocus.”

And with the bewitching season upon us, two holidays that take precedence this time of year are Day of the Dead and Halloween. But just how closely related are these traditions and what are their origins? Download Full Image

Day of the Day is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2 that brings together friends and family to remember loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is a cultural hybrid between ancient Aztec practices and the Catholic tradition of All Saints’ Day. As part of the celebration it is customary to bring food and gifts to cemeteries to honor the deceased.

Halloween on the other hand grew out of the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain and the Roman holiday Feralia, which was a day to honor those who have passed. On Oct. 31 Celts welcomed returning spirits to earth with bonfires and costumes depicting saints, angels and devils.

The ideology and practice behind these traditions is what greatly sets them apart. Halloween is a night for the ghouls, vampires and zombies to make their debut in our neighborhoods. Day of the Dead is more of a spiritual event to honor and respect those who are no longer with us. Common practice further includes holding vigils and sharing fond memories and anecdotes.

That doesn’t mean that that we can’t find similarities between the two though.

In modern times both holidays share the practice of dressing in costume, with those celebrating Day of the Dead wearing “muertos” masks, and those celebrating Halloween replicating popular culture figures. Muertos masks are similar in appearance to that of skeletons.

Food also ties these events together. With respect to All-Hallows Eve, people are accustomed to carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples and going door to door in search of the tastiest treats. During Day of the Dead celebrations it is customary to feast on “pan de muerto”, bread of the dead, and to leave chocolate and sugar skulls as offerings to the deceased.

The overarching similarity between the two traditions, however, is the connection between living and spiritual forces.

“The origin of Halloween and Day of the Dead are based on the belief that during a certain time of the year the veil between the spirit world and the mortal world is much thinner than usual, allowing contact between the living and deceased,” said Carmen King de Ramírez, ASU Spanish professor.

So whether you have a passion for ghost hunting or want to commemorate a loved one, this time of year holds something magical and mystifying for everyone.